After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


St. Alexander of Svir Church of the Protection of the Theotokos

.. Several years before the saint's repose (August 30, 1533) God placed it in his heart the good thought of constructing a stone church in honor of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos with a refectory.  Once at night, when the foundation had already been laid, after the completion of his usual rule of prayer the Saint saw an extraordinary light illuminating the whole monastery.  In the already-begun church of the Protection, at the site of the altar the Most Pure Theotokos was sitting with the Pre-eternal Child in royal glory upon a throne, surrounded by a throng of the bodiless heavenly host.  The Saint fell to the earth upon his face before the majesty of her glory, for he could not look upon the brilliance of the inexpressible light,  Then the Most Pure Lady commanded him to rise and consoled him with the promise that she would remain inseparable from the monastery and would aid those living there in all their needs, both during St. Alexander's life and after his death.

 from The Marvelous Wonderworker of All Russia, Holy Venerable Alexander of Svir (2002, St. Petersburg) translated  by Platina in 2004 magazine  double issue #236-237

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